Alfred Koch: “juhu!! my most important award in radio feature“
Axel Eggebrecht Prize
In Eggebrecht’s memory, the Media Foundation of the City of Leipzig endowed the Axel Eggebrecht Prize to be awarded for radio documentaries.
Since 2008, it is awarded every two years, alternating with the Günter Eich Prize for radio dramas.
Both prizes award 10,000 Euros.
Alfred Koch was born in 1957 in Graz, Austria.
After moving to Vienna in 1976, Koch began his radio career at the age of 19, first working on OE3’s youth programme Musicbox.
At the same time he studied philosophy, history and logistics in Vienna – an academic background that helped him become “the man who helps us understand Wittgenstein” on the cultural radio station OE1 in the 1980s.
In the late 1980s Koch became a presenter and author of the series Diagonal – Radio für Zeitgenossen (Diagonal – Radio for contemporaries) on OE1 and in 1995 he was made a member of ORF’s radio feature editorial department.
Koch is the producer of the series Tonspuren – Hörbilder zur Literatur (Soundtracks – aural pictures on literature).
Thanks to his work as editor and author of this series, he helped the literature feature attract international attention – his feature on Raymond Carver became the ORF’s most successful feature, with numerous adaptations in other countries.
Alfred Koch has always shared his experience as a feature author in workshops for young journalists; he has assisted several radio festivals by working as a jury chairman.
Alfred Koch has been honoured for many of his individual works, earning both national and international awards.
Axel Constantin August Eggebrecht (January 10, 1899 – July 14, 1991) was a German journalist and writer.